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Okay, I'm going to tell on myself & my age-deteriorating brain to explain how I discovered the effectiveness of an ECB mod.  I put all of the mod's on that I found through the forum and they got my ECB perking right along at about 225+- a few degrees.  Then a couple of smokes back I discovered the temperature at the thermometer in the lid had dropped to around 200.  Yesterday I did a pork butt and towards the end it was dropping enough that I had to pull the can and look at the charcoal pan.  I had not had any problem with dropping temp's before!?!?  "Gee, I wonder why I have quite a bit of ash blocking the holes in the pan (also part of the mod)". icon_question.gif

 

icon_idea.gif Wait, the expanded metal grate is gone!  hissyfit.gif  I had thrown the grate out when I had emptied the dead ashes before.  But besides that, I had done a smoke session since then and it didn't even occur to me that the grate was gone.  I had to do a 20 minute rush job on a new grate to get the pork putt saved.  It did turn out great; relief since it was my first.

 

The combo of holes drilled in the pan, plus an ash grate made a minimum of a 20 degree difference.

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